This was the game that the Giants were supposed to lose. This was the game that Justin Verlander — Really Good Pitcher(tm) — was supposed to dominate. Neither of those things happened. And it was freaking awesome. Baseball is a really bizarre game sometimes. Even more so in the postseason, where you take the unpredictability of everyday baseball, punch in… Read more →
Several thoughts from last night’s loss against the Rockies: Tim Lincecum throws a seasonal high 122 pitches, Angel Pagan’s defense still looks Benardian, and Emmanuel Burriss isn’t very good at the game of baseball. First thing is first: Tim Lincecum. You know, I’m not even sure what kind of start I would call last night’s. It wasn’t necessarily bad; and,… Read more →
Gotta get them matchups. This defense is pretty bad, you guys.
Last night I tweeted this: I’m still having a hard time believing that the Giants actually had that infield out there. In general terms, the infield for last night’s game was composed of a AAA player with a limited ceiling (and wimpy throwing arm), a 27-year-old failed prospect, a player that’s probably lucky to still be in the majors, and… Read more →
Here’s a new graphic — in its early stages — of something I’m calling Game Flow. The idea is that it’s a simple graph showing the progression of the game from the pitching side of things. I’m still looking for a way to incorporate things like runs, outs, strikeouts, and walks into the graph, but for now this is a… Read more →
— I think we all expect Brandon Crawford to struggle with hitting. I know that I’ve been pretty pessimistic on Crawford’s abilities on offense. But I think something that gets lost in the Crawford-Theriot discussion is how strong Crawford should be on defense at his position. On the other side of things, Theriot is a second baseman posing as a… Read more →
Tweet: Orlando Cabrera to retire from baseball, he said in Colombia radio station. Thanks for memories! @Enrique_Rojas1 I’ll never forget you, O-Cab.
Andrew Baggarly has an interesting writeup today on Brandon Crawford and his defensive skills at shortstop. The video (above) was linked in the post and it’s amazing to watch. Crawford’s pregame routine in the minors was to put on a defensive show of behind-the-back throws, no-look passes, and all sorts of cool tricks. Baggs states in the article, that: It’s… Read more →
Think of this post as a sort of addendum to Rory’s post, ‘The Giants’ thin margin‘. If I had to describe this season, besides using the word ‘injuries’, I would pick ‘tightrope-ish’. Rory talked about the thin margin for Giants’ victories this year — the team has often won games by one run. One run wins are often the product… Read more →
All hitters ranked by a minimum of 100 plate appearances. Gary Brown is… * 8th in the California League in batting average (.367) * 7th in the California League in on-base percentage (.445) * 18th in the California League in slugging percentage (.513) * 1st (tied) in the California League in stolen bases (22 swipes) * 1st in the California… Read more →